UW-Madison chemists have identified an approach to use oxygen gas to convert lignin, a byproduct of biofuel production, into a form that could allow it to replace fossil fuels as a source of chemical feedstocks. Lignin is a complex organic…
The US Energy Department has allotted funds of around $18m for four innovative pilot-scale biorefineries in the states of California, Iowa and Washington. These bio-refineries will test renewable bio-fuels as an alternative for fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, besides…
Move comes after China Eastern Airlines conducts successful trial of Sinopac-produced fuel made from palm oil and recycled cooking oil China Eastern Airlines has said it plans to introduce biofuel-powered commercial flights, after yesterday completing its first successful trial of…
Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:43

Town Council passes biomass moratorium

It was clear a half-hour before Town Council took its vote on a petitioned moratorium on large-scale biomass wood-burning facilities that it was going to pass. Early in the evening, the 13 councilors heard from a half-dozen residents who said…
The National Trust has announced it is to install a 300kW biomass boiler at Ickworth House which will supply all of its heating needs. The project is part of five pilot schemes costing a total of £3.5 million, that the…
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) has announced that from now on it will recognize FSC standards for responsible forest management. After comparing the Principles and Criteria from the FSC and RSB standards respectively, RSB concluded that the two are…
A European Parliament report into the EU’s proposals for addressing the problem of indirect land use change (ILUC) in its biofuels policy will propose today (17 April) the application of unique ‘factors’ to account for differences in biofuels performance. These…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:02

Sieving silica sieves from biomass ash

Burning biomass for heat and power could produce as much as 2000 TWh by 2020, which would produce 4–15.6 million tonnes of waste ash, per year, in Europe alone. To address the problem of what to do with all this…
The Prince of Wales brought his environmental and whisky interests together as he opened a biomass plant and a whisky bottling centre at a 173-year-old distillery on Tuesday. Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, was at Glen…
Monday, 15 April 2013 09:13

UK and Brazil team up for biofuels

Brazil has become the epicentre of the world’s biofuels push: so it’s no surprise that a major UK company is looking to get in on the act. TMO Renewables (TMO), based in the UK, has announced that it has formed…
Saturday, 13 April 2013 23:55

UBC Biofuels: Rushing Mother Nature

What's standing in the way of taking biofuels from the forests to the highway? UBC Forestry Prof. Jack Saddler provides a sneak peek at what scientists are doing to make bring biofuels to your local pump by 2020. More than…
Measuring moisture more accurately at power plants, for example, can determine the true heat value of incoming biofuel better. This helps evaluate its true energy content and value to optimize boiler operation for enhanced productivity. With the new Metso MR…
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